Israeli flag burned at Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kiev

Monument to the murdered in Babi Yar, Kiev. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The mayor of Kiev, Ukraine is asking authorities to identify a group of people who were filmed burning an Israeli flag at the Babi Yar Holocaust memorial. Babi Yar is a ravine near Kiev where between 100,000 and 150,000 of Jews were massacred by the Nazis throughout the Holocaust, according to historians.

The flag burning incident is the latest in a few anti-Semitic incidents targeting the memorial and took place on Israel’s national memorial day for the Holocaust Yom HaShoah.

“Video surveillance recorded the group of young vandals burning the flag of the State of Israel near the Menora memorial, at Babi Yar,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a statement, the press service of Kiev City State Administration reported. 

“This happened on the national Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the Jewish people all over the world remember the 6 million victims of Nazism, who perished during World War II,” he said, calling the incident “unacceptable.”

“It is intolerable to brutalize the memory of the victims. Especially at the place that which is globally known as one of the symbols of a terrible crime of fascism, at Babi Yar, where tens of thousands of people of different nationalities, the majority of them Jewish, were killed,” he said.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .